A federal judge passed an order Friday night banning the enforcement of Governor Greg Abbott’s Oct. 1 proclamation that counties were restricted to one place to cast ballots.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said Abbott’s order placed an unacceptable strain on the voting rights of elderly and disabled Texans, who are most likely to request a postal ballot and deliver those ballots early to ensure they are counted.
These voters are also particularly vulnerable to COVID-1
“By limiting polling stations to one per county, elderly and disabled voters living in the largest and most populous counties of Texas will have to travel further distances to overcrowded ballot boxes, where they would be at increased risk of being infected by the coronavirus to exercise their right to vote out and make it count, “wrote Pitman.
“By forcing absent voters to risk contracting a deadly disease in order to return their ballots in person, or disenfranchising them if the (postal service) cannot deliver their ballots on time, the October 1st ordinance burdens an already vulnerable population . ” he said.
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